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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Updated Class 4A State Bracket and capsules of all eight teams

Federal Way senior Brittany Barrington returned after a knee injury earlier this season and is averaging 11.4 points and 11 rebounds a game for the Eagles. Federal Way will take on Mount Rainier at 5:30 p.m. in the state quarterfinals Thursday.  - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Federal Way senior Brittany Barrington returned after a knee injury earlier this season and is averaging 11.4 points and 11 rebounds a game for the Eagles. Federal Way will take on Mount Rainier at 5:30 p.m. in the state quarterfinals Thursday.
— image credit: Casey Olson/The Mirror

Class 4A State Girls Basketball Tournament

All games at the Tacoma Dome

Friday

Game 17: Lake Stevens vs. Mount Rainier, 12:15 p.m.

Game 18: Bellarmine Prep vs. Edmonds-Woodway, 2 p.m.

Game 19: Chiawana vs. Federal Way, 7:15 p.m.

Game 20: Woodinville vs. Lewis & Clark, 9 p.m.

Saturday

Game 21: Winner 17 vs. Winner 18, 9:30 a.m. (Winner 4th place, loser 6th)

Game 22: Loser 19 vs. Loser 20, 1 p.m. (Winner third, loser fifth)

Game 23: Winner 19 vs. Winner 20, 5 p.m. (State Championship)

 

The Favorite
Federal Way (24-2)
The Eagles essentially spent the entire season as the top-ranked team in the state. The deep and talented group's only two losses came to defending state champions. Federal Way lost to three-time Idaho state champs, Coeur d'Alene High School, 70-69, during a holiday tournament and to Auburn Riverside in the SPSL championship. The Eagles played Riverside without University of Washington-bound forward Talia Walton, who was sitting out after straining a knee ligament in practice.
Walton is averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles and was the SPSL South Most Valuable Player.
But Walton has plenty of help on the Eagles' roster. They dominated the SPSL South voting with four first-team selections, not including Walton.
Senior Brittany Barrington, juniors Darah Huertas-Vining and Dyesha Belhumeur and sophomore Raven Benton were all first-teamers. Barrington, who missed the first part of the season with a knee injury, is averaging 10.4 points since her return, Huertas-Vining is the Eagles' second-leading scorer at 13.6 a game, Benton is averaging 10.0 and Belhumeur is chipping in 9.3 a game.

The Second Tier
Chiawana (22-3)
The Riverhawks cruised through the Columbia Basin League in the Tri-Cities, winning the title game over Richland, 72-35. But Chiawana lost to Lewis & Clark in its state tournament opener Friday, forcing a loser-out, winner-to-state game against Gonzaga Prep, which the Riverhawks won in double overtime. Like Federal Way, Chiawana lost to Coeur d'Alene High School at a tournament in Idaho over the winter break.
Also like the Eagles, the Riverhawks sport a balanced scoring attack. Hayley Hodgins leads the way at 17.7 points a game and will play next year at Eastern Washington. Portland State-bound Mikaela Rivard is averaging 12.0 points and Shelby Ellsworth is chipping in 11.0 a game. Point guard Melanie Valdez will play at Central Washington.

Lewis & Clark (17-6)
The Tigers are another hot team entering the Tacoma Dome. Lewis & Clark beat No. 2-ranked Chiawana in the opening round of the state tournament Friday, 55-53. The Tigers suffered through some key injuries during the season, but are finally healthy. Lewis & Clark has always been one of the premier programs in the state under head coach Jim Redmon. The Tigers won three-straight titles from 2006 to 2008 and have been to state 10 consecutive seasons.
Lewis & Clark is led by Devyn Galland, who is averaging 19.7 points a game, and Saint Mary's-bound Hayley Hendricksen (13.0).

Woodinville (20-5)
The Falcons have won 12 games in a row, including the SeaKing District championship. Woodinville dominated Mount Rainier, 65-41, in the opening round of the state tournament Friday night. The 6-foot-1 Melissa Gilkey leads the Falcons at 16 points a game and 6-foot-1 Ali Forde chips in 12.

Could Surprise
Mount Rainier (22-5)
After finishing in third place in the rugged SPSL North behind Kentwood and Auburn Riverside, the young and talented Rams have been impressive in the postseason. They are led by freshmen twins Jordan and Brittany McPhee, who was the co-MVP of the North after averaging 21.2 points a game.
The Lions open against Federal Way Thursday. The Eagles beat Mount Rainier, 66-56, to win the West Central/Southwest District championship.

Edmonds-Woodway (24-4)
The WesCo Conference champions took the hard way into the state's final eight. After being upset by Marysville-Pilchuck in the opening round of the Northwest District Tournament, Edmonds-Woodway was forced to win six-straight games to get into the state quarterfinals. Included in those, were wins over the last two state champions — Kentwood and Auburn Riverside — in loser-out games. Edmonds-Woodway has five players averaging seven or more points.

Bellarmine Prep (21-5)
Two of Bellarmine's four losses this year have come at the hands of Federal Way during the postseason. But the Lions are still going to be a tough out in the Tacoma Dome. Bellarmine won the Narrows League and feature Xavier University-signee Sarah Hartwell, a 6-foot point guard.

Lake Stevens (21-3)
The ninth-ranked Vikings qualified for the Tacoma Dome with a 61-44 win over Kentwood Friday. It will be the fifth time in the last six years that Lake Stevens has played in Tacoma. The Vikings have only one player averaging double figures in Brooke Pahukoa at 14.7 a game. But they have six players averaging five or more points. All three of Lake Stevens' losses came in the WesCo League to Marysville-Pilchuck, Edmonds-Woodway and Snohomish.

 

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